July 15, 2020
T.Y. Lin International Group Welcomes Niek Niëns as Chief Operating Officer for Asia Pacific Region
T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) Group, a globally recognized full-service infrastructure consulting firm, welcomes Niek Niëns as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for TYLI Group’s Asia Pacific Region. Based in Singapore, Niëns will help establish and lead the direction, strategy, and growth initiatives for the region, as well as oversee business development, client service, technical and operational excellence, people, and safety initiatives. TYLI Group’s Asia Pacific Region includes 2,100 professionals working on projects across China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
Niëns joins TYLI Group with more than 17 years of experience in engineering, operations leadership, consultancy services, and project management for transportation infrastructure, buildings, environmental programs, and water treatment/structures. His previous roles include serving as COO of the Asia region for a global design and consultancy firm, where he oversaw daily operations, operational improvements, profitability, business and client development, Quality, Health, Safety and Environment management (QHSE), and project/program results in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and India. He was also directly responsible for all Design & Engineering and activities in the Asia region.
Niëns’ past accomplishments include the acceleration and improvement of collaboration between design and engineering centers in Hong Kong and Singapore and global excellence centers in the Philippines and India to lead digital design work for global/Asia clients. He also directed a largescale design, engineering, and landscape architecture business across the Asia region.
Additionally, Niëns has led a major change management program across Asia, where he successfully increased project profitability by introducing significant improvements in project management processes and skills. Prior to his work in Asia, Niëns worked in a similar role across Europe in nine different countries, including in the Netherlands.
“I want to welcome Niek to T.Y. Lin International Group. He is an inspiring, client-centric leader with a proven track record for improving operations performance, driving business growth, and building integrated teams and project solutions,” said Matthew G. Cummings, P.E., President and Chief Executive Officer of TYLI Group. “Niek’s management experience and results-oriented approach will be indispensable as we grow our business in the Asia Pacific Region and leverage the expertise and best practices across the Global Infrastructure Pillar of Dar Group, T.Y. Lin International Group’s parent company.”
The Global Infrastructure Pillar consists of over 5,000 professionals across the Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe, with a powerful range of technical expertise and disciplines serving all transportation sectors and with deep resources in building engineering.
“I am excited to join T.Y. Lin International Group as Chief Operating Officer of the Asia Pacific Region and contribute to the firm’s sustainability and profitable growth ambitions,” said Niëns. “By facilitating regional connections around key clients and collaboration in the Asia Pacific Region, we can maximize the best services and expertise that T.Y. Lin International Group has to offer to our clients.”
Niëns earned a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands. He also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from the University of Twente School of Management.